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Kitchenaid Mixer will not lock

The locking mechanism on my kitchenaid mixer has stopped working. It will slide into the locked position, but when alittle upward pressure is applied (like when mixing dough) the head lifts and the switch slides into an unlocked position.

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  • maddyn99 Dec 02, 2008

    I have the same problem. Is there a way to replace the locking mechanism? or is it easy to open up and see what the problem might be?

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    I have a similar problem, my latch will move to the unlocked position, but the mixer head will not push up. It is still locked.

  • Kirsten810 Dec 24, 2008

    I have the same issue. When the tilt head is up, the locking lever in the back is in the downward position.

  • levantades Jan 13, 2009

    I've just buyed two bowls because the three bowl-teeth to rotate for locking are deformed  ... and now? another bowl to buy .. or there is a solution for a better locking of the bowl?

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This sounds like an issue of beater to bowl adjustment, which can come out of alignment naturally over time and with use of the machine.

If the flat beater is striking the bottom of your bowl, this may cause the locking mechanism to loosen and may cause the mixing head to "bounce" during use.

Your Use and Care Guide will cover the "beater to bowl adjustment," which you can do at home in a few minutes with a flathead screwdriver.

Hope this helps!

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    lbirus Dec 09, 2012

    I have the same issue. The lock mechanism is 'wobbly'. I have tried adjusting both the screws (under the mixer and under the base) but the lock is still not holding the top in place enough to keep the mixer from wobbling. Any way to replace or repair the lock?

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It sounds like the bowl lock lever is damaged or broken. It could be the beater adjustment but sounds more like the bowl lock lever. It requires taking apart the mixer, but is actually a fairly easy repair.


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Page 15, figure 6 of the service manual talks specifically about this part, here is a link to the service manual: http://ep.yimg.com/ty/cdn/mendingshed/kitchenaidservicemanual.pdf

Also here is a link to the page where you can purchase the part: http://www.mendingshed.com/24452-2.html

Let me know if you have any questions

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